KARACHI: The nomination of half-a-dozen nation’s stalwarts of yore for the Corridor of Fame by the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) drew extreme criticism at a press convention held on the Abdul Sattar Edhi Hockey Stadium on Tuesday.
“Three of the six gamers — Islahuddin [chief selector], Hasan Sardar [head coach] and Shahbaz Ahmed senior [secretary] are a part of the PHF which displays nepotism as no standards was laid down and some notable Olympians have been ignored,” reporters requested the PHF vice-president Tariq Huda and Islahuddin, who spelt out the small print pertaining to the World XI go to to Pakistan for the 2-match collection.
The PHF president retired Brig Khalid Sajjad Khokhar and secretary Shahbaz Ahmed have been conspicuous by their absence and the briefing backfired.
“It’s only a starting and step one for nominating gamers for Corridor of Fame and the opposite legendary gamers shall be honoured in future,” Huda stated concerning the standards for choice.
The notable omission of Manzoor Hussain Jr, who’s a robust critic of the present PHF setup, was identified. Manzoor led the Pakistan workforce to victory on the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, Pakistan’s third Olympic gold after Rome in 1960 and Mexico in 1968.
Pakistan’s every Corridor of Fame Olympian might be awarded Rs0.5 million.
Reporters identified that opposite to the PHF announcement that famend penalty nook striker Sohail Abbas will captain the World XI within the first match, the participant has expressed ignorance that he was not formally consulted and should not play.
“Abbas has been approached by the PHF secretary and in case he isn’t out there, the World XI gamers will choose one other captain from amongst themselves,” Islah stated.
On the outset, the PHF vice-president and chief selector reiterated that the World XI go to to Pakistan is aimed toward reviving the nationwide recreation and ship a constructive message that Pakistan is a peaceable nation.
It’s pertinent to say that Pakistan’s sporting picture was tarnished globally following assault on Sri Lankan cricket workforce at Lahore on March three, 2009, that led to embargo on overseas groups go to to the nation.
Clarying his place, Islah stated his choice within the record of Corridor of Fame by the PHF at their behest is an honour for acknowledging his achievements. Perturbed on the volley of questions, Islah, nevertheless, stated he was able to withdraw his identify.
Based on Islah, the World XI consists of 17 gamers from seven reputed hockey enjoying nations together with the hosts. A number of the gamers are nonetheless enjoying for his or her nations, he added.
Tariq Huda stated Pakistan loved enviable document in hockey together with three Olympics, 4 World Cups, inaugural junior World Cup in addition to quite a few Asian Video games, Champions Trophies and different titles.
“Pakistan’s document of profitable 4 World Cups continues to be intact although the area is accessible to different groups since 1994 after Pakistan’s final feat at Sydney,” he said.
The officers didn’t disclose the approximate price range allocations of internet hosting the World XI matches and Corridor of Fame. When pressed, they stated the overseas gamers will get look cash between US $ three,000 to five,000.
The PHF official thanked the company sector for coming ahead and enjoying constructive position within the uplift of recreation.
In the meantime, the doorway of spectators to the stadium for the primary match shall be via nominal tickets amounting to, Rs250, Rs500 and Rs1,000.
The primary batch of three individuals, two Dutch celebrities — Paul Litjens and Rob Lathouwers — and Sultan Ahmed (supervisor designate of World XI) arrived right here on Tuesday.
In addition to Litjens and Lathouwers, Floris Jan Bovelander (Holland), Christian Blunck (Germany), Juan Escarre (Spain) and Don Prior (Australia) would be the six foreigners to be included in Corridor of Fame.
Revealed in Daybreak, January seventeenth, 2018
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